Good morning. Let's basketball.
HOLY NETS: Brooklyn moved to 4-0 against the Heat on perhaps the most unlikely game-winning play possible -- Mason Plumlee rejected a LeBron dunk that would have given Miami the win. Of course, because it involved LeBron and a foul call there was instant controversy. But whatever -- it looked clean on replay, and it's over now.
Three of the Nets' wins over the Heat have come by one point. The other win was a double overtime game. What a fun little rivalry.
A SCORE OUT OF THE '90S: Rockets 145, Lakers 130. L.A. becomes the first team since the 1992-93 76ers to give up at least 140 points more than twice in a season.
TRAVIS OUTLAW THE DURANT STOPPER: Kevin Durant's weird streak of 25-point games ended at 41 due to the defensive prowess of Travis Outlaw. The Thunder still won, of course.
WEST DEATHRACE UPDATE: Dallas handles Utah, remains a game up on Memphis in the loss column. The Mavs and Suns are at 31 losses. The Grizz are at 32.
EAST CLOWNSHOES UPDATE: The Hawks lost to ... the Pistons. I mean, just give Miami a bye, okay? Atlanta's now two games up on the Knicks in the loss column. Five games to go for the Hawks, four for New York.
MEANWHILE ...: What are you doing, Detroit? With 29 wins now, the Pistons are flirting with the Cavaliers (31 wins). The Pistons only keep their lottery pick if it is in the top eight. They currently have the No. 8 worst record. Stop winning!
MORE SCORES? More scores.
DRAFT TIME! Tyler Lashbrook unveils his first post-tournament Big Board. Andrew Wiggins is on top. Only 10 weeks to go!
WHERE SHOULD SHABAZZ NAPIER BE PICKED? Ricky O'Donnell writes that the UConn star might be this year's most divisive prospect. Me, I'm just stoked we're going to finally have multiple Shabazzes in the NBA.
BUST UNIVERSITY: Tom Haberstroh with a very interesting look at which college programs produce the most productive NBA players relative to their draft position. Not looking good for Louisville or Indiana.
JOE DUMARS GONE: The Pistons' longtime GM will reportedly step down when the season ends. The writing has been on the wall since Dumars scapegoated Mo Cheeks back in February.
ALL HAIL OLLIE: Excellent Sports Fan Journal piece on Kevin Ollie by Rev. Paul Revere. Ollie's entire career is a paean to hard work, and that's really not any bit of B.S. Bless that man.
GOING NOWHERE: Mitch Kupchak has signed an extension with the Lakers for some undisclosed amount of time. He's one of the best in the league.
I REMAIN SKEPTICAL: On the wildly entertaining Highly Questionable, Dikembe Mutombo denied having ever uttered "Who wants to sex Mutombo?" in a bar. Uh huh. Sure.
MANIMALIAN: Zach Lowe on the evolution of Kenneth Faried, who will a very interesting name to watch this offseason and, if he stays in Denver, next.
UGHVILLE: A sensational headline about Joe Johnson and the mother of his child completely misinterprets reality. Joe Johnson appears to be a very good and responsible father.
UGHVILLE II: Jonas Valanciunas was hit with an impaired driving charge this week for allegedly mixing drinks with wheels. Eric Koreen puts it in expectedly excellent perspective.
WELL THIS IS JUST MEAN: Hey Roy Hibbert! Less posting on Craiglist, more lifting.
OH HELL YES: A free digital mixtape by De La Soul and the late, great J. Dilla. Yes yes yes.
Happy Wednesday. See you next time.